Sonic Ether is creating Minecraft Shaders
366

patrons

$2,944
per month


Hi! My name is Cody, and I am the creator of Sonic Ether's Unbelievable Shaders for Minecraft.

I started working on SEUS in early 2012 and, while working on it, discovered a passion I never knew I had, graphics programming!

As you all know, a few years ago I unofficially moved on from working on SEUS because I needed a better way to support myself financially. I found so much passion in SEUS, and I thought I would find similar passion for the other things I've been pursuing since, but it just hasn't been the same.

I really miss working on SEUS. I really miss being engaged with the community, getting feedback, the excitement of sharing new developments, and seeing that same excitement from you. I miss exploring the purely passion-driven work of pushing Minecraft's visuals to the limit! I miss you guys sharing suggestions, sharing screenshots and videos, even reporting bugs/issues!
I want that back. I was so much happier during those days. So, what am I doing about it? I'm seizing it back!

Now, looking back, I know for sure now that I never really lost interest in SEUS. Even after I had unofficially stopped working on SEUS, I kept getting drawn back into it!



These screenshots are the result of this purely passion-driven work--a new version of SEUS called SEUS Renewed! It's the result of the work I've done in my free time since SEUS v11, which initially started as a rewrite of the core of SEUS and has renewed my passion for working with Minecraft's graphics!

Here are some of the new features of SEUS Renewed:
  • Improved GI and SSAO
  • Super smooth Temporal Anti-Aliasing
  • Completely reworked system for day/night cycle based on atmospheric scattering
  • Accurate sunlight color via atmospheric scattering
  • Accurate ambient sky lighting from atmospheric scattering via Spherical Harmonics
  • New atmospheric scattering on distand land for a natural sense-of-scale
  • New underwater rendering
  • Normal/bump mapping from torch/artificial light
  • Screen-space shadow tracing for better contact shadows
  • Vastly improved performance with long render distance settings
  • Physically-based specular highlights from sunlight
  • Improved 2D clouds
  • Improved rendering of stained glass

In addition to releasing SEUS Renewed, I also decided to launch this Patreon page! Here you'll be able to access beta archives and experimental development archives, as well as get access to a Discord server where you can discuss SEUS with other patrons and with me!

So, that's what's happening! I just hope that I haven't been gone for too long. Even if this new venture doesn't work out, I think it's worth a shot! A HUGE thank you again for being so awesome and supporting me thus far!!!!
Tiers
Stone
$1 or more per month 41 patrons

- "Stone" access to SEUS Patrons Discord server

Join the SEUS Patrons Discord server as a Stone user and discuss SEUS and share screenshots with me and other Stone users.


- Ad-free downloads
No more annoying ads to download Release versions of SEUS. When the first goal is reached, Ads will be banished from all download links!

Access to exclusive development news and screenshots
Get updates on the development of SEUS with screenshots to watch it grow and evolve.

Includes Discord rewards
Iron
$5 or more per month 37 patrons

All of the above rewards, plus:


- "Iron" access to SEUS Patrons Discord server
Join the SEUS Patrons Discord server as an Iron user and discuss SEUS and share screenshots with me and other Iron users.

- Access to Beta Archives
Beta Archives will include all beta/test versions of SEUS from SEUS v12 and on, so you'll get to check out the latest features of SEUS before everyone else! These Beta versions may include some experimental features not seen in Release versions!
Includes Discord rewards
Gold
$10 or more per month 343 patrons

All of the above rewards, plus:

- "Gold" access to SEUS Patrons Discord server
Join the SEUS Patrons Discord server as a Gold user and discuss SEUS and share screenshots with me and other Gold users.

- Access to Experimental Development Archives
The Experimental Development Archives will include all the Beta/test versions of SEUS along with experimental versions of SEUS that will include features that may not make it to Beta or Release. Additionally, it's more likely that a new feature will appear in the Experimental Development Archives before the Beta Archives, so you get to check out the bleeding edge of SEUS!
Includes Discord rewards
Diamond
$25 or more per month 7 patrons

All of the above rewards, plus:


- Vote in polls to help shape the direction of the development of SEUS
Whenever I get ideas for additions/changes to SEUS, you get to decide which one I work on first/most!
Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$1,000 – reached! per month
Update and Q&A Live Streams!
Hang out with me on Twitch where I discuss SEUS' development, show off new features, and answer your questions.
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Hi! My name is Cody, and I am the creator of Sonic Ether's Unbelievable Shaders for Minecraft.

I started working on SEUS in early 2012 and, while working on it, discovered a passion I never knew I had, graphics programming!

As you all know, a few years ago I unofficially moved on from working on SEUS because I needed a better way to support myself financially. I found so much passion in SEUS, and I thought I would find similar passion for the other things I've been pursuing since, but it just hasn't been the same.

I really miss working on SEUS. I really miss being engaged with the community, getting feedback, the excitement of sharing new developments, and seeing that same excitement from you. I miss exploring the purely passion-driven work of pushing Minecraft's visuals to the limit! I miss you guys sharing suggestions, sharing screenshots and videos, even reporting bugs/issues!
I want that back. I was so much happier during those days. So, what am I doing about it? I'm seizing it back!

Now, looking back, I know for sure now that I never really lost interest in SEUS. Even after I had unofficially stopped working on SEUS, I kept getting drawn back into it!



These screenshots are the result of this purely passion-driven work--a new version of SEUS called SEUS Renewed! It's the result of the work I've done in my free time since SEUS v11, which initially started as a rewrite of the core of SEUS and has renewed my passion for working with Minecraft's graphics!

Here are some of the new features of SEUS Renewed:
  • Improved GI and SSAO
  • Super smooth Temporal Anti-Aliasing
  • Completely reworked system for day/night cycle based on atmospheric scattering
  • Accurate sunlight color via atmospheric scattering
  • Accurate ambient sky lighting from atmospheric scattering via Spherical Harmonics
  • New atmospheric scattering on distand land for a natural sense-of-scale
  • New underwater rendering
  • Normal/bump mapping from torch/artificial light
  • Screen-space shadow tracing for better contact shadows
  • Vastly improved performance with long render distance settings
  • Physically-based specular highlights from sunlight
  • Improved 2D clouds
  • Improved rendering of stained glass

In addition to releasing SEUS Renewed, I also decided to launch this Patreon page! Here you'll be able to access beta archives and experimental development archives, as well as get access to a Discord server where you can discuss SEUS with other patrons and with me!

So, that's what's happening! I just hope that I haven't been gone for too long. Even if this new venture doesn't work out, I think it's worth a shot! A HUGE thank you again for being so awesome and supporting me thus far!!!!

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Tiers
Stone
$1 or more per month 41 patrons

- "Stone" access to SEUS Patrons Discord server

Join the SEUS Patrons Discord server as a Stone user and discuss SEUS and share screenshots with me and other Stone users.


- Ad-free downloads
No more annoying ads to download Release versions of SEUS. When the first goal is reached, Ads will be banished from all download links!

Access to exclusive development news and screenshots
Get updates on the development of SEUS with screenshots to watch it grow and evolve.

Includes Discord rewards
Iron
$5 or more per month 37 patrons

All of the above rewards, plus:


- "Iron" access to SEUS Patrons Discord server
Join the SEUS Patrons Discord server as an Iron user and discuss SEUS and share screenshots with me and other Iron users.

- Access to Beta Archives
Beta Archives will include all beta/test versions of SEUS from SEUS v12 and on, so you'll get to check out the latest features of SEUS before everyone else! These Beta versions may include some experimental features not seen in Release versions!
Includes Discord rewards
Gold
$10 or more per month 343 patrons

All of the above rewards, plus:

- "Gold" access to SEUS Patrons Discord server
Join the SEUS Patrons Discord server as a Gold user and discuss SEUS and share screenshots with me and other Gold users.

- Access to Experimental Development Archives
The Experimental Development Archives will include all the Beta/test versions of SEUS along with experimental versions of SEUS that will include features that may not make it to Beta or Release. Additionally, it's more likely that a new feature will appear in the Experimental Development Archives before the Beta Archives, so you get to check out the bleeding edge of SEUS!
Includes Discord rewards
Diamond
$25 or more per month 7 patrons

All of the above rewards, plus:


- Vote in polls to help shape the direction of the development of SEUS
Whenever I get ideas for additions/changes to SEUS, you get to decide which one I work on first/most!
Includes Discord rewards